Thursday, June 9, 2011

I Am Now an American Citizen!

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June 02, 2011, Faneuil Hall- Tis the day when I sworn in and became a naturalized American Citizen.

I migrated to America from Philippines in 2007. Before I came over to this country, my fiancee (who is now my husband) had stood by me ever since when I had my visa interview in Manila. He supported me until the last process of my application. While we were living in the Philippines, my husband would tell me stories how terribly cold it is here every winter in Boston. I came here in February which falls in the season of winter. He shipped clothes for me all the way from the States- 2 sweaters, a grey coat, a pair of beige mittens that matches the hat. Growing up in a tropical country, I was very excited to see the snow and live in a cold place. Haha! I had never experienced the snow before I had only seen them either in magazines or on TV. On February 17, 2011 was the flight to America via Delta Airlines. Flight itineraries were Phils-Japan; Japan-Detroit (my first U.S. port of entry) and lastly, Detroit-Boston. While in the plane- I had my complimentary breakfast, watched a movie a little bit but, it wasn't quite entertaining for me that made me falls asleep through the entire flight. I only woke up when I had to used the toilet and during layovers. I had my first glimpse of snow by the glass window of Detroit's airport and my first taste of America's McDonald's hamburger, but I still miss the Pinas McRice. I felt extremely uneasy already because this will be my first time to meet my husband's family. While waiting for the last flight to Boston, I heard my husband talking on the phone to his mother- his family was all waiting for us and will soon meet me. We finally arrived at Boston, and I met Alex (husband's daughter). I wasn't feeling cold in the airport. Again, coming from a tropical country I was oblivious how cold zero degree temperature was that I refused to wear my hat and mittens and left my grey cashmere coat all the way down unbutton. Haha, I was more excited to experience the cold weather and snow. Geez, I was shivering when I stepped out the airport's premises that I couldn't wait to get in the car. Finally, I met my husbands family. They were all friendly people and had my first dinner in America.

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Waiting in line to go inside Faneuil Hall.

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For over four years living in this country, I have fallen in love with America. It became my second home- this is the place where I built my own family and gave birth to my handsome son, Mr.Freddy. I was teary-eyed during my oath, but Philippines will always be a home to me. I will always very proud where I came from, and I am proud to become a Filipino-American citizen. Thank you so much, America! I will be a loyal partisan to our country and my family, as well. Count me in, to defend the laws and the constitution of the United States. Lastly, I thanked my husband for bringing us to America!

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The ceremony took three hours. We were all starving. In celebration of my citizenship, three of us went to Union Oyster House (The Oldest Restaurant in America) for early dinner. I ordered Seafood platter. I couldn't recall what hubby had and Mc&Cheese for the Lil' Man. The clam chowder and beans were so scrumptious! I apologize for these crappy pictures as they were taken by a camera phone, by the way.

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While waiting for the food, Mr.Freddy and I were fooling around this camera phone. We like to goof in front of camera and do funny faces. He is my partner in being so silly! Thank you, Lil' Man! You always make me laugh.

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I am patriotic and I wore the three colors of America- red, blue and white with stars and stripes bandana. Mr.Freddy clad in stripes too!

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Thank you so much for reading. I just noticed my beautiful ''Followers'' on my blog doesn't show up tonight. Does this happen to anybody? I hope Bloggers will fix this problem soon.

23 comments:

Mom Daughter Style said...

nice pics. I wish I had pictures too nung naging citizen ako. I did it kasi during my lunch break lang sa work ko. So I worked before and after the ceremony. Mine did not take 3 hours. Magdudual citizen kaba? I think pwede na daw ulit yung ganon.

Like you, I love America kahit mahal ang cost of living. I think mas safe sa family saka mas maraming opportunities in the future for my baby RC

Lyosha said...

I love this post! it's a bit story in your life and it's a happy story! You're son is sooo handsome! and you are so beautiful!

thank you so much for commenting on my blog! Following you now bbecause your blog is awesome!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Jeanie said...

congrats! you look absolutely beautiful! :)

Jeanie said...

congrats! you look absolutely beautiful! :)

DaMnViXeN said...

wow good for you! mr. freddy is growing up so gwapo!

playwithfashion said...

Wow! I got teary eyes reading your post! Your story is so sweet... Congrats of being American citizen. And do you know that my dream is to go to Philipines for holidays - there is one of the best know wakepark in the world! Hope we will manage to do it - plan is to fly in January;)

Veronika said...

Congrats :)
Thank you so much for your nice comment. I really like your blog, your photos and even your fashion ideas. I would love to be your follower. :)

Olesya said...

you as always looks great with my son)
beautiful, lovely:)

Great weekend to you *

Violet said...

awww congrats it was worth the three hour wait definitely

XX
Vi from Cali

Carme Garvilles said...

Congratulations to you. The first time I saw, I was certain that you are a Filipino. So sweet and loving. Keep the spirit alive. Thanks for following me back. =)

Madame Sting said...

Your son is gorgeous. I became a citizen last year so i know how u feel. Congrats!

productjunkiemama said...

Congrats! I am getting ready for my Citizenship interview and hoping to be sworn in soon! It is a great feeling and I am excited for you. New follower from the FNF Weekend blog hop!
Miriam
http://productjunkiemama.blogspot.com

oomph. said...

congratulations! i love the second to the last picture of you and mr. freddy :)

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Kimberly said...

such a cute outfit and your little boy is always looking adorable! congrats on becoming a citizen!

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TheChickenista said...

Congrats!! How wonderful. Thanks so much for stopping by today I'm your newest follower :)

Veronica
The Sunday Strolling Blog Hop

Chef in Training said...

great pictures! I am visiting from the hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back! thanks so much!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

KIRAFASHION said...

My dear friend!

How happy I'm for you! Congratulations for building a fantastic family in America. I imagine how great must be living there. all my love always for you and wish you can be very happy for all your live.

all the love from Brazil,

Kira

NotaSupermom said...

Congratulations!

Charlotte B said...

Lovely outfit, I particularly like the way you have matched with your little boy!! So cute xx

tia said...

you have got to be the cutest mom I have ever laid eyes on! I love it. your blog is so home-y. and I love this post. I am happy you found me and I am totally going to make you a daily read <3

tia @ two birds on a wire.

Mama Hen said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful! Thank you for following Mama's Little Chick! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Montreal Fashion Moms said...

Soooo cute!! Great story. Congrats!! :)

~ Montreal Fashion Moms ~
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Sara said...

Thank you for the follow and linking up with the Stumble Me Friday hop! I'm a new follower and stumbled your post too :)

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